Abigail Barker hammered 15 kills and added five service aces as John Paul II outlasted Patrick Henry Academy in four games in Tuesday’s volleyball clash.
The teams split the first two games, each by 26-24 scores, before JP2 took control by winning 25-14 in the third game and 25-20 in the finale.
Abby Puplava made 48 digs for the Golden Warriors, while Marissa Majorkiewicz produced 33 digs to go with seven kills and three aces.
Whale Branch 3, May River 1: Tamia Reid put away five kills and connected on 25 of 26 serves as the Warriors spoiled the opening match in May River history.
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The Warriors and Sharks split the first two games before Whale Branch seized control by winning the third game 25-20. The Warriors closed it out 25-17 in the next game.
Mayra Garcia recorded eight digs, Tynasia Evans added six and Allona Carter had four solo blocks to help propel Whale Branch.
Beaufort 3, Hilton Head Prep 0: Kaylie Richardson recorded six kills and 14 digs as the Eagles swept their season opener.
Hannah Phillips also notched six kills and Hayley Lamar added five for the Lady Eagles, while Becca Fancher came up with 11 digs. Kaitlyn Adkins had six kills and 13 digs for Hilton Head Prep, while Alex Wynne led the Dolphins with 15 digs.
Beaufort Academy 3, Charleston Collegiate 0: The Eagles cruised through their three games, winning by scores of 25-7, 25-19 and 25-13.
Hilton Head Prep 9, John Paul II 0: Lindsey Zimmerman and Catie Meighan led a Dolphins sweep in the debut match for John Paul II’s upstart program.
Prep took five singles matches without dropping a game, as Zimmerman and Meighan were joined in the feat by Alexis Voulgararopoulos, Lauren Harvey and Riley Kuehler.
Bluffton tied for 6th in Class 3A poll: The Bobcats’ last-second victory over Screven County (Ga.) left them just outside the top five in the season’s first S.C. Prep Media Football Poll.
Bluffton, which shared sixth with Seneca, was the only area team to crack the top 10 in any classification. Beaufort’s win over Wando earned the Eagles a handful of votes in Class 4A balloting, but they were in the middle of the “also receiving votes” list.
The S.C. Prep Media panel is comprised of 12 voters, none based any farther south than Charleston.